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8:45 PM ET, January 5, 2008

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Porn, Ning, and the Internet  —  There's been a recent flurry of commentary about Ning and porn.  While I appreciate everyone's thoughts on the topic, I wanted to post directly and tell you what we know and what we think.  —  Let's take the issues in order:
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Adrates / CPM Advisors:
Ning Firing on All Cylinders - Adult content play?  —  Ning appears to be ramping up and getting a lot of traffic from what they say.  We created a network on their platform and we reported a bug to them yesterday, as the site threw an exception while we were using it and they replied that:
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Hot Off The Press: Leaked Nokia E71 picture  —  Here she is, we brought you the specs yesterday, to summarize: 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi, HSDPA, 120 grams, 57 x 112 x 10 mm, now here is the actual device:  —  [Via: Mobile Review]  —  Notice the absence of the Symbian key, similar to the E51 it is now a home key.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia E71 in the wild?  —  Looks legit enough, doesn't it?  The supposed successor to the E61i has broken cover via this shot of the device — in prototype “EXX” form, no less — being proudly displayed in some lucky son of a gun's hand.  The “E” moniker designates a Nokia smartphone with a business slant …
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
What This Gadget Can Do Is Up to You  —  “HACKERS, welcome!  Here are detailed circuit diagrams of our products — modify them as you wish."  —  That's not an announcement you'll find on the Web sites of most consumer electronics manufacturers, who tend to keep information on the innards of their machines as private as possible.
Diane Garrett / Variety:
Warner Bros. backs Blu-ray  —  Studio to support Sony high-def format  —  Warner Bros. will throw all its weight behind Blu-ray later this year, a decision that could serve as a death blow to the rival HD DVD format.  —  Studio, which had hinted it might drop one format after the holidays …
Discussion: Engadget, Engadget HD, Kotaku and SlashGear
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
HD DVD group cancels CES press conference in wake of Warner announcement: daaamn
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Noontime Web Video Revitalizes Lunch at Desk  —  In cubicles across the country, lunchtime has become the new prime time, as workers click aside their spreadsheets to watch videos on YouTube, news highlights on CNN.com or other Web offerings.  —  The trend — part of a broader phenomenon known …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Put Buyers First?  What a Concept  —  My Christmas story — the one I've been telling and retelling these last 10 days — began on Friday, Dec. 21.  —  It was early in the morning, and I had awoken with the sudden, sinking realization that a present I had bought for one of my sons hadn't yet arrived.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
WowWee introduces Mr. Personality, Rovio, and Flytech Bladestar  —  WowWee's CES robot lineup is here, so let's get to it.  First up, you've got the Flytech Bladestar, a slightly crazier take on the indoor RC flying gig actually intended for duels with friends.
Discussion: Gizmodo
David Leblanc / David LeBlanc's Web Log:
Office SP3 and File formats  —  In Office 2007, we changed the default to disable a number of older file formats where we saw very low usage and a high security risk in our code that loads these formats.  From the security standpoint, this is the right thing to do.
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
FAA: Boeing's New 787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack  —  Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may have a serious security vulnerability in its onboard computer networks that could allow passengers to access the plane's control systems, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
Discussion: securosis.com
The Boy Genius Report:
Vodafone Roadmap: BlackBerry 8xxx  —  Remember the BlackBerry 9000?  It looks like that wasn't a BlackBerry 9000 at all, but rather another device in the BlackBerry 8000-series!  According to this document, which completely validates all our predictions of specs for the device …
Discussion: Engadget, IntoMobile and Ubergizmo
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
New Mahalo toolbar and user created stubs  —  We have two evolutionary announcements today from Mahalo that I decided to announce on Twitter.  Yes, it's a slightly different process than we normally do at Mahalo, but since these are evolutionary steps, and since we just had the big Mahalo Social launch …
Discussion: Mashable!
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Niveus gets official with Sierra Edition Media Server  —  We knew this thing was coming, and sure enough, Niveus has selected CES to officially launch its new Sierra Edition Media Server.  The unit is housed in a slim, rack-mountable chassis (just over 1U in size), sucks down less than 180-watts …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Whirlpool Plug-and-Play Refrigerator Has Docks for iPod, Photo Frames and Tablet Computers  —  Whirlpool's latest tech for their refrigerator line is based on their “centralpark” feature, which is a essentially dock that lets you plug in a bunch of different gadgets into the big gadget that holds your food.
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Tim Stevens / Switched:
New High-End iPod Dock/Radio from Cue
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
When Pirates Pay, They Pay Good  —  Steal This Film 2 is produced by …
Discussion: DSLreports and jamie.com
Chris Howard / Apple Matters:
Apple is Killing Linux on the Desktop
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Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Can You Count on Voting Machines?
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
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